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Beer Tip – Cold Conditioning

Cold conditioning is the process of holding finished ale at low temperatures (close to freezing) for several days.  Fermentation activity ceases and the yeast drops out of suspension, leaving a clear beer with a smooth flavour.  In effect, it gracefully ages the beer, leaving it much more stable over time.

Both lagering and conditioning are best accomplished in a fridge dedicated to beer.  External thermostats can easily convert an old fridge or chest freezer to a beer cooler.  Remember the temperature not only needs to be cold, it must also be steady.  Fluctuating temperatures can make the yeast produce off flavours, spoiling the beer.

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